When the Porsche Cayman S first debuted in 2005 (for the 2006 model year) as a more affordable hardtop option for Porsche buyers, it was an immediate success, and the coupe has continued along that same popular path since that time. The Cayman S was a response to drivers’ desires for a hardtop version of the midengine Porsche Boxster, which appeared in the 1990s. The Cayman S is based on the second-generation of the Boxster and shares a large portion of its mechanical components with that vehicle. Its sheet metal is unique, however. The Cayman’s name comes from an alligator that lives in South and Central America.
The Porsche Cayman S is known for its excellent handling, its two fantastic engine choices, and enthusiastic braking system. After review, we can say that all of the above hold true, though we do have some small issues with the Cayman S. The coupe is pricier than many of its competitors, especially when extra options and packages are added. We also think the S coupe could handle a bit more power on its well-balanced chassis (although a small boost is given in the Black Edition). Overall, after review, the Cayman S comes with superb performance, daily comfort, a large dose of prestige, and a high degree of driver interaction, and the Cayman S Black Edition only adds to these positive attributes.
For the 2012 model year, the Porsche Cayman comes in several variants: base trim, S trim, R trim, and the Black Edition trim. The Black Edition is new for the 2012 model year, and its also available for the Porsche Boxster S coupe. The Black Edition starts at $67,500 and is only produced in twenty-five units. It features a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine that produces 330 horsepower. Top speed is around 170 mph, and this edition is only available in black. There are several interior and exterior black features, as well as a higher level of standard equipment, as compared to the other Cayman models, such as the Sound Package Plus. The second-generation Cayman is set to be launched this year, so the Black Edition purchase is a great way to round out the end of this generation’s model lineup. The best attributes of Black Edition? It can save you money when compared to a similarly equipped 2012 Cayman coupe, and, if you’re looking for unique, you’ve found it.